Definitions for fnord
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A metasyntactic variable, similar to foo and bar.
(Discordianism) A word (which may or may not be "fnord" itself) commonly held to be invisible to the conscious mind, but subliminally causing a sense of unease or sudden anger when encountered. So used in the Illuminatus! trilogy.
(Discordianism) A word defined as having no definition.
Origin: A neologism from the Principia Discordia popularized in the Illuminatus! trilogy.
Fnord was originally the typographic representation of disinformation or irrelevant information intending to misdirect, with the implication of a worldwide conspiracy. In The Illuminatus! Trilogy, free minded people can see the word Fnord between the normal lines of text, so the word can be seen as a joke based on the popular phrase To Read Between the Lines, with the novel implying a philosophy similar to Timothy Leary's attitude of Turn on, tune in, drop out by implying that schools do not teach people to be critical thinkers. The word was coined as a nonsensical term with religious undertones in the Discordian religious text Principia Discordia by Kerry Thornley and Greg Hill, but was popularized by The Illuminatus! Trilogy of satirical conspiracy fiction novels by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[from the Illuminatus Trilogy] 1. A word used in email and news postings to tag utterances as surrealist mind-play or humor, esp. in connection with Discordianism and elaborate conspiracy theories. “I heard that David Koresh is sharing an apartment in Argentina with Hitler. (Fnord.)” “Where can I fnord get the Principia Discordia from?” 2. A metasyntactic variable, commonly used by hackers with ties to Discordianism or the Church of the SubGenius.
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